Totality of Symptoms

The idea of this paragraph is that the removal of the totality of the symptoms is actually the removal of the cause. Once the symptoms disappear with a simillimum, the disease ceases to exist….

Organon $ 17. Now, as in the cure effected by the removal of the whole of the perceptible signs and symptoms of the disease the internal alternation of the vital force to which the disease is due-consequently the whole of the disease-is at the same time remove, it follows that the physician has only to remove the whole of the symptom in order, at the same time, to abrogate and annihilate the internal change, that is to say, the morbid derangement of the vital force-consequently the totality of the disease, the disease itself. But when the disease is annihilated the health is restored, and this is the highest, the sole aim of the physician who knows the true object of his mission, which consist not in learned-sounding prating but in giving aid to the sick.

The idea of this paragraph is that the removal of the totality of the symptoms is actually the removal of the cause. It may not be known that causes are continued into effects (i, e., that causes continue in ultimates), but it is true that all ultimates to a great extent contain the cause of he beginnings. And since cause continues into ultimates and things in ultimates shadow forth cause, the removal of all the symptoms will lead any rational man to assume that the cause has been removed.

This will lead you to see that if a large member of symptoms manifest themselves through a diseased ovary, and that ovary is removed, the cause of the symptoms has not been removed and will manifest through some other part of the body, perhaps the other ovary or some organ that is weak.

It is a serious matter to remove any organ through which disease is manifested. When there are two or more of these pathological conditions established upon the body and one is removed the other immediately becomes worse. For instance, if there is a structural change in the knee joint and the surgeon removes the knee, while there is a corresponding structural change in the kidneys or liver which he cannot remove, the latter immediately becomes worse and breaks down as soon as the knee joint is removed.

In the same way we find in a tuberculous condition of the lungs that it may remain in a very quiet state so long as a fistula in ano keeps on discharging but the allopath comes along and closes that vent and immediately there is a cropping out of the disease by infiltration of the lungs and the patient comes to an early death. The results of diseases are necessary in many instances. Sometimes these results are tuberculous condition, which are the ultimate outcome or effects from cause, and contain at times the seeds of beginnings of a similar kind.

They are not themselves beginnings, yet they contain causes. Unless causes are removed from beginning to end the disease can reproduce itself. This includes the first proposition of Hahnemann which means permanent removal of the totality of the symptoms, thus removing the cause and turning disorder into order and as a consequence the results of disease and removed. The totality cannot be removed without removing the cause.

“But when the disease is annihilated the health is restored; and this is the highest, the sole aim of the physician who knows the true object of his mission, which consists not in learned- soundings prating but in giving aid to the sick.” Hahnemann gives this warning note against discoursing dogmatically upon the flimsy theories of man. It was the custom in Hahnemann’s time for men to clock their ignorance in technicalities; that is, to use technicalities for the purposes of appearing worse.

It is done at the present day, I have heard physicians talk to simple- minded people in technicalities. Wise people seldom use technicalities. There is nothing in this world to be could the understanding as to deal in technicalities, they are cramped and often meaningless. The doctrines of Homoeopathy should not be clouded in technicalities, but should be considered and talked out in the simplest forms of speech. When talking of the Organon and its doctrines talk good English, if you are English, and use simple forms of speech. One technical word will sometimes mean whole sentence, and can be constituted to mean a good many different things. Technicalities are a sort of scapegoat to carry of the sins of our ignorance.

The totality of the symptoms: means a good deal. It is a wonderfully broad thing. It may be considered to be all that is essential of the disease. It is all that is visible and represents the disease in the natural world to the eye, the touch and external understanding of man. It is all that enables the physician to individualize between diseases and between remedies; the entire representation of a disease is the totality of the symptoms and the entire representation of a drug is the totality of the symptoms.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.